Sitting in Slowbeer last week sampling the craft beers they had on tap, I was pursuing the selection of bottled beers they had on the shelves. I’m a fan of unique art work found on some of the bottles available, and generally attracted to the more unique labels.
One of the bottles I kept looking at was this Ticket Booth Pale Ale from a local Victorian craft brewery – Sideshow Brewers. I had their Decembeer Xmas ale collaboration (with Kooinda) earlier in the year, which was a neat spicy brew, so this one made it into my man bag as I stumbled out the door.
Pouring this into the glass, I thought hang on, has one of these Mexicans played a prank on this Qlder? It looked like bottled Yarra River water – a murky amber colour, almost opaque, with a reasonable beige head. No, it was sediment from the bottle conditioning. Aromas coming from the glass also cleared up my first thought – sweet malts, floral and citrus notes – it smelt good. First taste was unusual, it has a bitterness kick to it, but the more I got into it the fruity caramel malt flavours came out.
It’s a well built beer, not your average pale ale – bitter bite, medium body and a hoppy character. Would I have it again? Oh Yeah! As label says “Brewed to Amaze” and it has!